Unseen for Decades, Early Kusamas from Surgeon’s Collection Head to Auction

Yayoi Kusama, Mississippi River, 1960.BONHAMS

A selection of early works by Yayoi Kusama that have remained in private hands for six decades will be offered at Bonhams during a postwar and contemporary art sale this spring. Ahead of the sale, the works will be exhibited publicly for the first time ever, in Hong Kong from April 7–22. They will then be shown in New York before being auctioned on May 12.

The sale comprises three paintings and eight works on paper that Japanese surgeon Teruo Hirose, who died in November 2019 at the age of 93. They were acquired directly from Kusama as gifts during her early career in exchange for medical care. The collection of works is expected to fetch a price of $8.8 million–$14 million.

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